Choosing the right cat food

Cats love meat. They are carnivores and their survival depends on eating animal protein. Wild cats eat their prey, which consists of raw meat, bones, offal with perhaps a little vegetable matter. When choosing the right cat food be aware that your domesticated cat needs a meat-based diet to thrive.

Due to their small body size, cats don’t eat a lot. However, they have a need for a surprisingly high amount of nutrients. That’s why it’s important to feed them the right cat food that delivers adequate nutrition to them. In particular, cats need the amino acid, taurine in high quantities. A taurine deficiency for your cat can result in eye and muscle problems and other health issues. Luckily cat food made in Australia is made to supply taurine to your cat in the right quantities. Don’t be tempted to let your cat eat the dog’s food instead of their own, as dog food will not contain enough taurine.

At Paringa, all our cat food is created with two key aims in mind:

Happy cat – The food tastes great, is easily digested and helps your cat maintain great health.

Happy owner – If your cat’s happy then so are you, right? But we also make sure that our products are convenient and easy for you to use too.


Types of cat food

There are dry foods, canned foods and fresh/chilled cat foods available. Some cat owners like to provide their feline friend with a mix of these. Paringa specialises in fresh meat options for cats. If the food is labelled as Complete and Balanced then it provides all the nutrients your cat needs. Other cat foods are labelled Complementary Food which satisfy some but not all nutritional requirements. Good examples are treats. It’s fine to feed your cat a combination of different foods as long as they’re getting the majority of their intake from complete and balanced sources.

We believe modern day cats prefers to eat fresh, raw meat like their ancestors. Unlike some cooked or heat treated tinned or shelf-stable cat foods, our fresh cat foods all retain natural enzymes and nutrients from the meat. This is good news for the health of your cat.

Many vets and pet nutritionists recommend including wet foods (such as real meat that contains moisture) as part of your cat’s diet. This is because wet food provides valuable hydration to a cat who may not obtain much water from other sources.


Fussy cats

Some cats are known to be fussy eaters. This can happen if they’ve been fed the same cat food for a long duration or it can just be part of their nature. If you do have a fussy cat on your hands, make sure you provide enough variety of really appetising foods. Appetising foods are usually high in fat and/or protein. You can also warm the cat food before serving, mix in tasty treats to their everyday food, or provide smaller quantities more regularly. A cat that has not eaten their meal within the first 10 minutes is unlikely to find this appealing enough to eat later. They’d prefer a fresh bowl, thank you very much!